The File Extensions Database

.CRYPT File Extension

  • Developer by: WhatsApp
  • Category: Encoded Files

What is an .CRYPT file?

.CRYPT is WhatsApp Encrypted Database File

A CRYPT file is an encrypted file created by WhatsApp Messenger, a popular smartphone messenging application. It contains an archive of messages backed up from the WhatsApp application.

You can manually create CRYPT files. On your phone, select WhatsApp → [Phone Menu Button] → Settings → Chat Settings → [Back up conversations]. The CRYPT file will be created as msgstore.db.crypt and saved in the following directory:

To restore your messages from a CRYPT file, uninstall your WhatsApp program, rename the file you want to restore to msgstore.db.crypt, install WhatsApp, and select Restore when prompted.

NOTE: Since CRYPT files are saved in an encrypted format, they must be decrypted before being opened or restored. WhatsApp can decrypt your saved CRYPT files if you are logged in with the same Google account you used to create the backup. Alternatively, WhatsApp may request a "key file" saved on the device in order to decrypt the file.

Programs that open WhatsApp Encrypted Database File
WhatsApp Viewer
WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Xtract
File Type 2 CryptXXX Ransomware Encrypted File
Category: Encoded Files

A CRYPT file is a file encrypted by the CryptXXX virus, which is a trojan horse utilized by cybercriminals. It contains a user's file, such as a .DOC or .MP4 file, that has been encrypted with the RSA4096 encryption algorithm to prevent it from opening. CRYPT files became prevalent in 2016 and are similar to .XXX files.

The CryptXXX virus is a type of ransomware where the purpose of the virus is to take your files hostage and force you to pay the perpetrator to unlock your files. The virus is a trojan horse that is typically introduced through spam email attachments or fake updates or downloads. Once the virus affects your computer it begins scrambling your files, renaming them, and encrypting them. The virus then generates a .TXT ransom note informing you of the takeover and what you need to do to recover your files. The note most likely demands a $500 ransom paid via Bitcoin.

If you back up your files you can execute a full system restore to remove the virus and retrieve your files. You may also be able to decrypt your CRYPT files using Kaspersky RannohDecryptor.

Programs that open CryptXXX Ransomware Encrypted File
Kaspersky RannohDecryptor

How to solve problems with CRYPT files

  • Associate the CRYPT file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any CRYPT file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.CRYPT files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the CRYPT file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .CRYPT is WhatsApp Encrypted Database File. Because only the current version supports the latest CRYPT file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the WhatsApp manufacturer website after an available .CRYPT is WhatsApp Encrypted Database File update.
  • To make sure that your CRYPT file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.